Video Conferencing Begins Return to Growth

Infonetics2013-1013Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2Q13 Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment report, which tracks dedicated and PBX-based video conferencing and telepresence infrastructure and endpoints: There’s now evidence the videoconferencing market is bouncing back.

“After a tumultuous 2012 that saw growth in the videoconferencing market screech to a halt, sales returned to year-over-year growth in the second quarter of 2013,” says Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research. “While the long-term fundamentals look positive and will eventually drive renewed revenue growth, weakness in public sector spending and the move to lower-cost video solutions hamper a more robust recovery this year.”

Other highlights:

  • The global enterprise video conferencing and telepresence market totaled $735 million in 2Q13, up 6 percent from the previous quarter, and up 8 percent from the year-ago 2nd quarter.
  • PBX-based video system revenue doubled in 2Q13 from 2Q12, as businesses sought cost-effective ways to deploy multimedia communication.
  • Dedicated systems, meanwhile, continue to struggle.
  • North America is growing again on a year-over-year basis, pointing to a turnaround.
  • Results in EMEA over the past few quarters have been encouraging, and Infonetics believes the region could be a top performer in 2013 despite ongoing economic issues.
  • Vendor results were mixed in 2Q13: Market leader Cisco’s revenue declined marginally, while #2 Polycom’s was up slightly.

Here are details on the entire report.